Statement by Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz on Trump’s Hypocritical Comments on the Cuba Situation

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Miami, Florida Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Díaz issued the following statement on Donald Trump’s selfish and hypocritical comments on the situation in Cuba.


Background: During a similar situation in Venezuela in January of 2019 Trump promised interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó that he would unflinchingly support him and that ‘all options were on the table,’ knowing full well that a military option was not being seriously considered. This weakened President Guaidó’s hand, who was blamed by many Venezuelans for the lack of a military response from the United States.


“Ex-President Donald Trump’s recent statements on the current situation in Cuba are simply a continuation of his habitual pattern of hypocrisy, populism and demagoguery. When confronted with massive protests in Venezuela after the illegitimate inauguration of Nicolas Maduro in January of 2019, following an election plagued by misconduct and fraud, Trump offered little more than harsh words and very little action.


“If anything, Trump was a gift to dictators throughout the world who oppress and suffocate their people. His fawning admiration for tyrants and despots abroad, which characterized his years in office, was a stain on our country, whether it was his almost servile relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to ‘falling in love’ with North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un.


“As the son of a political prisoner, nothing can be more insulting to me and my family. Trump cynically used the pain of our communities for political gain. Make no mistake, this is nothing more than a reprehensible ploy that plays on the emotions of everyone fighting for a free and democratic Cuba just to get himself elected in 2024 or satisfy his obsession with himself and power.”


Chair Manny Diaz Pens Miami Herald Op-Ed Blaming Cuban Regime for That Country’s Woes, Not The U.S. Embargo

In an op-ed published today in the Miami Herald, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz pointedly rejects the idea that the U.S. embargo on Cuba is to blame for the country’s chronic economic hardships. 


“It has been the ineptitude, mismanagement, corruption and catastrophic blunders of the Cuban communist regime that have led to poverty and misery; enslavement and total control of its people; the deaths of thousands of men, women and children; suppression of human rights and freedoms; a crumbling healthcare system; family separation; and the lack of any sense of hope and opportunity. This is far from the freedom, independence and opportunity promised to Cubans by la Revolución.”


In the piece, Chairman Diaz rails against those who have failed to criticize the Cuban regime’s repression of peaceful dissent and its mismanagement of the nation’s economy while concentrating on the purported effects of the U.S. embargo.


“Instead of expressing outrage at the human misery of thousands of Cubans, there are many, including the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, who failed to condemn these flagrant human-rights abuses and, instead, have chosen to endorse the big lie promoted by the dictatorship — that the U.S. embargo and Americans are to blame for Cuba’s dismal state of affairs.”


“The embargo that needs to end is the regime’s embargo against its own people. The Cuban regime can do — and does — business with the rest of the world. Cuba’s official figures say that the island conducts trade with 70 countries, including the United States, which is one of Cuba’s 15 largest trading partners and the biggest exporter of food and agricultural goods to Cuba, according to U.S. government figures. Yet, Cuba’s oligarchs continue to enrich themselves while most citizens live in extreme poverty and face food insecurity.”


Click here to read the op-ed in the Miami Herald.


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